Sutton Council publishes Environment Strategy on World Environment Day

Environmental Strategy front cover

Published Wednesday, 5th June 2019

The Council launched its Environment Strategy on World Environment Day, Wednesday 5 June 2019.

Sutton has a well earned reputation for its green credentials but has aspirations to be London’s most sustainable borough. The strategy outlines how it plans to do this. Over 800 people responded to the council’s consultation last summer, which directly influenced the final strategy.

The vision of the strategy includes:

  • Cleaner air with more people travelling by bike, public transport or on foot

  • Protecting green spaces and creating new green space where it is currently lacking

  • Reducing the council’s carbon emissions as well as energy use per household, with more energy coming from renewable or low-carbon sources, such as solar

  • Fewer people living in fuel poverty

  • The borough being a testbed for the circular economy, which means keeping items in good condition and use for as long as possible, through reuse or repair

  • Reducing waste

  • The borough being resilient to the impact of climate change, such as heatwaves, droughts and flooding

  • Using less water

  • Everyone playing their role in reducing their impact on the environment

The council recognises the need to work with neighbouring boroughs and other partners to bring changes that extend beyond London. There has already been unanimous agreement from councillors to remove single use plastics from council operations and contracts.

Other actions the council is taking this year include:

  • Signing up to be a Smart Energy GB Employer and promoting smart meters for local households, from autumn 2019

  • Introducing refill stations at council sites and offices, where people can refill their water bottles, by summer 2019

  • Installing rain gardens and planters in three Carshalton primary schools to help reduce local flood risk, by summer 2019

  • Exploring a 'community repaint' initiative where unwanted paint can be shared with people who do want it, from autumn 2019

Councillor Manuel Abellan, Chair of Environment and Neighbourhood Committee said, “Everyone working, living and studying in Sutton has a part to play in protecting the environment in our borough. It’s heartening to hear the actions many people in Sutton are already taking to make us the most sustainable borough in London. Using the bus and leaving the car at home, taking reusable bags when shopping, growing your own food and saving water - small actions that, if we all do them, will make a big difference”.

The Environment Strategy is available to read in full at www.sutton.gov.uk/environmentstrategy